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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Dec 5, 2011 3:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Ryan Adams Webcast Tonight

CBS website - Live at 8:00 PM ET / 5:00 PT

http://www.cbs.com/late_night/liveonletterman/ryan_adams/video/

This post was modified by duckpond74 on 2011-12-05 23:21:31

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Dec 5, 2011 8:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ryan Adams Webcast Tonight

Thank you very much for the heads up! Loving the new album - had a chance to see him a handful of weeks back and he had us completely spellbound via a solo acoustic shows. Understood what Phil means about echoes of Jer in Ryan (but his own unique thing).

Per Phil:

I love playing with Ryan because he’s fearless; because he doesn’t have to do anything the same way twice; because every idea he throws out in a jam is a little gem that cries out “polish me”; because he has about nine hundred voices that he can use like a Bene Gesserit; because of his huge heart and enormous talent.

I like it that we deconstruct the songs so that verses are transposed, or the bridge comes in early, or the jam leads back to a verse instead of a chorus. I like it that we have to be on our tippy-tippy toes to make the acute left turns and abrupt changes that Ryan likes to spring on us. I like to spring those kind of changes too- what do you think I’m doing when I talk into my mike and you can’t hear me? I love playing with Ryan because he takes me back to when the Grateful Dead were young, fearless, crazy and didn’t give a shit about what other people thought we should do. If what you desire is the perfect rendition, there are many excellent bands that perform Grateful Dead songs- but I have never been about perfection and never will be. I do promise that I will always do my best to follow my weird. I hope you will join me, but I do understand if your path takes you elsewhere. I will also say with no hesitation that Jerry would have loved Ryan and his fearless interpretations of his songs. It’s funny, but I feel Jerry close to me whenever I am around Ryan.

— Phil Lesh (January 2006)

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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Dec 6, 2011 1:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ryan Adams Webcast Tonight

I got to have a long talk with him a few years ago, and I gather that these solo shows are what he was hoping to get to do - no band, less distraction, more intimate, freer and soulful. Don't get me wrong, I love the Cardinals, I just got the impression that he wanted to simplify his life and free himself of the pressures of touring bigger rooms with a band . . . sound like someone else we know?

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Poster: chris in long beach Date: Dec 6, 2011 9:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ryan Adams Webcast Tonight

Ryan Adams has a lot of shows on the archive. Do you have any recommendations for acoustic sets?

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Dec 6, 2011 9:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ryan Adams Webcast Tonight

Give these a whirl (they are old; new acoustic not up)

http://www.archive.org/details/ryanadams1999-10-22.sbd.flac16 (spent many a night in this room)

http://www.archive.org/details/ryanadams1999-10-28.sbd.flac16
(My parents live in Carteret County and I've spent a great deal of my life in Onslow County - one of the reasons Ryan speaks to me)

One of the better shows I've seen him play - after he put down the acoustic:
http://www.archive.org/details/ra2007-07-21

This post was modified by bluedevil on 2011-12-07 05:58:32